Greek Wine

Wine has been a part of Greek culture for at least 4,000 years. Of course, the “worship” of the ancient Greek god of wine, Dionysus, played an important role in lifestyle and cherished folklore for many centuries. 

While excavating an ancient structure on the island of Crete, archaeologists discovered Minoan era wine presses, chalices, amphorae (that iconic two-handled, clay vessel) and wine grape seeds that date back to the 3rd century BC. In another dig, remarkably well preserved wine vessels were found in the ancient palace of King Minos in Knossos. On the mainland, the Myceneans, who existed from 1600-1100 BC, used fine gold and silver goblets to drink wine. Homer makes several mentions of wine in the Odyssey, which has in-depth descriptions of, for instance the  importance of wine as a travel comfort. Amphorae were shaped taller, with a pointed base, to allow for easier storage, and were distributed evenly to maintain the equilibrium of the ships. The ancient amphorae vary Read more »

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  • Agiorgitiko

    The term Agiorgitiko means "Saint George's grape". This could refer to Saint George's Day, a Greek celebration that o...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Greece View all

  • Domaine Sigalas

    The company was founded in 1991, under the name Sigalas Winery Ltd. The winery was initially loca...

  • La Tour Melas

    Greek, Organic vineyard/winery producing high quality red wine.

  • Manousakis Winery

    Philosophy Over the millennia, the Lefka Ori of Western Crete have been abundant with the island...

  • Argyros

    Estate Argyros was established in 1903 by Georgios Argyros, in a 5 acres vineyard located in E...

  • Mercouri Estate

    The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese,near the village of Korakochori, 2 k...

  • Volcan Wines

    Volcan Wines, founded in 1880 by Grigoris and Dimitris Koutsoyannopoulos, has become known for it...

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  • Domaine Costa Lazaridi White Blend Drama Amethystos 2006


    Paired with olive oil poached cod, okra & potato stew, and kalamata tapanade (Whole Foods, Counter Culture: Greek Isles). Incredible pairing with an amazing dish. Full of white pepper and citrus. Read More

    Wine review by rreichert

  • Tsantali Roditis NV


    Beautiful and refreshing dry rosé. Paired with roasted turkey breast (was supposed to be duck) with pears on a sauté of spinach, raisins, and pine nuts. Paired excellently with the veg - turkey killed all the fruit and made it rather sour. Citrus and bright berry flavor shines through. Crisp and light with a short to mediuum finish. Read More

    Wine review by rreichert

  • Domaine Costa Lazaridi Chardonnay Drama Chateau Julia 2005


    Paired with stuffed calamari, charred eggplant & cucumber salad, with roasted pepper & tomato coulis (Whole Foods, Counter Culture: Greek Isles). Very good pairing with peppers (roasted) Awesome acidity, no oak, very crisp. Read More

    Wine review by rreichert

  • Domaine Spiropoulos Ode Panos Brut Pelopennes NV


    Paired with assorted cheeses, herb marinated olives, and crusty bread at Counter Culture: Greek Isles at Whole Foods. Very refreshing, crisp. Petrol and minerality on the palate. Nice acidity. Read More

    Wine review by rreichert

  • Lemelson Vineyards Dry Riesling 2006


    Honey and (slightly) sweet bright tropical fruits on the nose. The attack explodes with honey and citrus. There's a medium spiciness but it's balanced and smooth with a wonderful finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Vranec 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Redwood310

  • Antonopoulos Vineyards White Blend Mantinia 2005


    Good example of a moschofilero from the appellation of Mantinea. Classic muscat aromas (this greek variety is related to muscat) with a streak of lively minerality. Good stuff! Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones

  • Hatzidakis Winery Assyrtiko Santorini Nykteri 2005


    Fantastically balanced wine from this boutique winery in a cave on a hillside on Santorini. One of the best examples of this variety. Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones

  • Gentilini Syrah Kephalonia 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by spikeybones

  • Gentilini Robola Kephalonia 2007


    Undoubtedly the best Robola from Kefalonia, this wine is brilliantly clean with aromas of lime, lemon, grapefruit,honey and hazlenuts. On the palette all the aromas shine through, balanced with crisp acidity and a minerality that really shows the true terroir of the Omala Valley. Excellent value for money. We had it with grilled Sea Bream. Read More

    Wine review by spikeybones

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